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Rotherham, Andrew J. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
National Board Certified Teachers cannot, in isolation, be expected to help turn around low-performing schools or solve the teacher quality problem. However, state policymakers can work to ensure that NBCTs are more directly involved in these efforts than they are today. Currently, state policies aiding NBCTs are not aligned with the overarching…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Policy, Teacher Certification
Gayl, Chrisanne L. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
High quality after-school programs provide numerous social, family, and community benefits. In addition to helping parents balance work and life responsibilities, these programs offer prime opportunities to enhance learning--particularly for struggling students. After-school programs also help to promote equity among students by providing…
Descriptors: Employed Parents, Enrichment, After School Programs, Educational Quality
Hassel, Bryan C.; Terrell, Michelle Godard – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
Arizona's charter experience over the past decade has clearly shown the power of a relatively open chartering system. Schools have sprung up in all corners of the state; parents and teachers have flocked to them in great numbers. Interesting new approaches have emerged. Quite a few of the schools have been strikingly successful. In many places,…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Law, Accountability, Academic Achievement
Schroeder, Jon – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
This report traces the origins, evolution and impact of Minnesota's pioneering charter school law--on its own schools, students, and communities and on the development of charter laws in many other states. It notes that, unlike what is now happening elsewhere, new schools are now being chartered at an accelerating pace in Minnesota. And because…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational History, State Legislation, Educational Legislation
Hassel, Bryan C. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
This report has describes how the young Indianapolis charter school initiative can claim a number of successes: (1) Many community leaders have stepped forward to spearhead the creation of charter schools, bringing new energy and resources into public education; (2) Parents have flocked to the new schools, lining up on waiting lists and noting…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Urban Schools, School Choice, Educational Change
Lake, Robin J. – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
In New York City and state, charter schools are slowly gaining momentum through performance that speaks for itself, and with quick action by authorizers and charter advocates when schools fail. But as the New York charter experience should demonstrate to districts and states nationwide, meeting the urgent need for systemwide improvement is far…
Descriptors: Public Education, Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Educational Change
Mead, Sara – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
There is widespread recognition of the importance of early childhood learning, and a strong public appetite for increased public support to ensure that young children enter school ready to learn. National surveys find that 87 percent of voters think state governments should provide funding so that all children can enroll in preschool.…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Preschool Education, Public Education, Budgets
Shireman, Robert – Progressive Policy Institute, 2004
The federal government provides student loans for college and graduate school in two ways: by: (1) guaranteeing bank loans; and (2) by lending directly to students. Approximately three-quarters of federal student loans are guaranteed and one-quarter are direct. In the guaranteed loan program, a 40-year-old system, banks lend students money and…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Programs, Federal Government, Federal Aid
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